OK, reinstalled XP, worked fine.
later in the day the screen went blank-black with white line (about 2cm in width about 5cms from bottom of screen). now it wont even boot from the win XP disc.
its a medion PC.
it looks like the graphics card as stopped working
the PC was left turned on (as it was) and to my surprise it has started to work AGAIN !!!
If its a Desktop PC I would reseat the Graphics card
Sure it wasn't in sleep or hibernate?
seems like the white band on the bottom of the screen was a simple status bar ?. After it completes (approx 30 mins) windows bliss appears !
reinstall software requires restart
that happens to make the REBOOT sequence start the LONG process, of starting.
meanwhile we have the black screen (with the white band)
HELP !!! Patio window is within throwing distance of the PC !
What happens if you reboot without reinstalling.
Long wait usually only happens first time after an install as windows sorts drivers for all the kit it finds in your machine.
same procedure happens !!
Thanks for swift reply
You have too many processors starting at boot and your Anti-Virus may be doing scans. Go to Run and type
MSCONFIG then go to Startup Tab after pressing Enter key, check all that's got a tick to see what is starting at boot
Bad install missing or corrupt windows files
Start - run - type
Let windows find and replace bad files you will probably need to have the XP cd in the drive.
OK, done that
still the same black screen for a long time (maybe a few seconds quicker)
What next ???
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